A 35-year-old New Jersey man who was accused of being involved with selling drugs was charged with associated offenses on Aug. 26. A number of agencies, including agents of New York Customs and Border Protection, were involved with the case.
According to the report, the authorities seized an international package that allegedly contained a psychedelic drug called ethylone that was addressed to the accused man. The following day, the authorities conducted a controlled delivery to the accused man's residence. When he accepted the package, he was taken into police custody, and the authorities searched his home. They reportedly seized 60 grams of what was believed to be Ecstasy, an unreported amount of marijuana, a handgun and ammunition.
The accused man was ultimately charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of controlled substances, distribution of synthetic marijuana and possession of a handgun while committing a drug offense. At the time the report was released, he remained in prison on $100,000 cash or bond. The report stated that he had no criminal history in the state of New Jersey prior to this incident.
Being accused of a drug crime can result in serious consequences that can ultimately include a jail sentence if the person is convicted. In the meantime, however, an accused person may lose their job or even their place to live as a result of the accusations. A criminal defense attorney may be able to assist their client by providing evidence that any seized drugs did not actually belong to the accused person. Additionally, they may also be able to find evidence that the authorities executed an illegal search of the person's property or that they did not properly follow the procedures. If this is the case, the charges may be dropped against the accused person.
Source: NJ.com, "Weehawken man faces drugs, weapons charges after taking delivery of drugs: police", Patrick McGovern, August 27, 2014